12
Jun
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The "freemium" music streaming service Spotify has had great success on the desktop and on iOS, but its Android offering has always been rather lacking, with an extremely dated-looking application that did no justice to the greatness of the service itself. Back in April, Spotify made its first motions towards bringing the app up to speed with a public beta of a rather pretty Holo-themed application for Android 4.0, and now that beta has borne fruit.

In a blog post today, Spotify announced the immediate release of the finished version of this Android 4.0 client to the Google Play Store. Despite the assertion that it is "available to everyone", some users still appear to be stuck with the old version, so don't be too concerned if it does not show, as we may be yet in the middle of a gradual roll-out. The beta version is still available for public consumption if you want something to check out while you wait.

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Should you be so fortunate as to have it available to you on the Play Store, you will find several new features in addition to those in the beta:

  • Play queue
  • Last.fm scrobbling
  • Crossfade/gapless playback settings
  • Widget – control Spotify from the home screen
  • Folder support

The bad news is that although the option of free, ad-supported use is available to Spotify desktop users, those wishing to use the Spotify Mobile service (namely, this application) will have to upgrade to the monthly subscription of a premium account. Spotify provides a month-long free trial, but subsequent months will cost you $10 / €10 / £10 (because who cares about currency conversion, right?) for the privilege of music on the go.

Source: Spotify via The Verge

Brian O'Toole
Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • https://twitter.com/#!/reNewedAtheist reNewedAtheist

    "because who cares about currency conversion, right?" 10 is a good, round number. :)

    • Tim Kermode

      6 is a nice looking number too. That's how much it should be in £ if the US version is $10!

      omg I just noticed they've added folder support O_O

  • Gabriel Féron

    Finally! The world is more perfect now.

  • OpenIntro

    The UI in this version is a drastic improvement. Spotify is one app that I wonder how I lived without it a year ago!

  • http://jesuiscontentducontent.tumblr.com/ Yod-b

    does anyone know how the offline playlists work? i mean if i'm not in online mode, but i have an offline playlist, does it stream it, or it's clever enough to use the saved version? 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GU4N7CVDBJXMZOBFO3DMIQZH4 J

      Maybe I'm not reading your question right...  But if you're not online, how do you expect Spotify to stream you anything?

      The only thing that should be available for you to listen to are any tracks you've cached locally for offline play - either from mp3s you've got saved on your phone, or the 3,333 tracks per device from Spotify (*I'm assuming they're still doing that, there was some rumors of the number changing when the US launch occurred)...  

      • http://jesuiscontentducontent.tumblr.com/ Yod-b

        yeah, that's what i meant, locally stored offline playlists. not mp3s, but spotify playlists. that's possible if you have a premium account.

    • http://jesuiscontentducontent.tumblr.com/ Yod-b

      btw i got my answer: i think it's capable of offline scrobbling. i was in offline mode during my bike ride, and after i finished i went back online and my scrobbles were submitted. 

  • http://twitter.com/MartiPanda Martin Kemp

    This is the standard of apps we are all expecting, we want Holo/Holo like UIs!

  • Ace Moonwalker

    Not that this would be a problem, but doesn't the UI look very similar to Facebook for Andoid's ? :S

    • James Cranston

      looks like the new google+ app, but i guess thats good because that means they kept to ICS design guidelines

  • Tim Kermode

    Nevermind, I see some of the other new features but where is the folder support?

  • sssgadget

    Tablet layout still screwed up. Even after complaints from users in Spotify forum.

  • Mike Kulick

    Still no landscape/car dock view! Boooooo...

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

    "because who cares about currency conversion, right?"Damn right. LoL. :D

  • Loren Cogar

    I cant believe they left out landscape support thus forcing me to cancel my subscription. I have paid them since they came to the US and the lack of this feature is horseshit!!  I have my phone in my car dock 100% of the time I am in my car and this is the most basic feature I require on any app.  I dont know how they could be so stupid. 

  • Delboy

    Does anyone know how to delete the search history in the new ics version of spotify premium?